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13 February 2014 @ 06:37 am
I put a spell on you  
We used to hear a lot about simplified spelling. Why don't we just spell words phonetically, the way they sound? Well, for two good reasons:

1. That would cover up the subtle relationships in the derivation of words.

2. One person's clear, obvious phonetic spelling is another person's funny dialect writing.

Computers have solved that problem.

Thanx to Chronicle
eub on February 14th, 2014 10:16 am (UTC)
Right now writers use nonstandard spellings that don't change the standard pronunciation, like spelling /was/ as "wuz", when they want to signal that they look down on a person but can't be bothered to identify a reason why. With phonetic spelling maybe this obnoxious practice could no longer exist!

El Coyote Gordo: buckysupergee on February 15th, 2014 12:52 pm (UTC)
That would be burning down the house to roast the pig.